Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Prick Tunes: Drive-By Truckers and Megafaun "The Weight"

Artwork by Wes Freed
On the night that Levon Helm passed away, two of my favorite bands paid tribute to a man who work has clearly influenced both of their musical catalogs heavily. I could say more but there isn't much reason to say more than Megafaun join Drive-By Truckers on stage to close out the first encore of a show in Carrboro, North Carolina in a joyous and raucous way with "The Weight."

And here's Megafaun from a show in Norfolk earlier last week covering "I Shall Be Released," a Bob Dylan song first released by The Band on Music from the Big Pink. They first recorded it a year earlier with Dylan during The Basement Tapes session, but it wasn't released by Dylan until it made an appearance on Greatest Hits, Vol. II. I'm going to embed two versions. The first has an introduction. The second does not, but the audio is a bit crisper (though it does have more of the "talking dipshit factor" working against it).

With intro:

Slightly better audio clarity:

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